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Krauthammer’s Take

From last night’s Fox News All-Stars.

On the most recent reporting on Nidal Hasan’s ties to jihadists:

Look, this is the kind of evidence you would expect from someone who was, reportedly, at the time of the shooting … shouting “Allahu Akbar,” which is the battle cry of jihadism. I mean, this is not a surprise.

The amazing part is in the business card. Here is a man whose entire adult life essentially, or professional life, has been spent in the U.S. Army. This is a business card. There is no mention whatsoever of the U.S. Army, but he says himself, in the business card — imagine, it is a card. It is not just something in his head. It is something he presumably wants to hand out — “Soldier of Allah.”

If that is not slam-dunk evidence of what he thought of himself, then nothing is.

This, remember, comes after days and days of the media trying to avoid any implication that there was any connection between his Islamist beliefs, many of which he expressed to colleagues and in lectures, and his actions.

I mean, what we heard about was secondary post-traumatic stress disorder, a disorder, which incidentally doesn’t exist. If you look in the DSM-IV-TR, which is the current statistical manual of the American Psychiatric Association, it isn’t in there.

And those who do believe it exists have a synonym — “compassion fatigue.” Imagine. What we’re saying is that this is a guy who killed 13 people cruelly. He pursued the wounded to finish them off. And the cause? An excess of sentiment and compassion!

If we can’t speak clearly in moral terms about this kind of absolute evil, then we are in trouble.

On the jobs summit announced by President Obama:

So he proposed a stimulus which he tells us at the beginning of the year would prevent unemployment hitting 8.8 percent. Of course we’re now at 10.2 percent with the stimulus.

And what does he do? He calls another summit. It is actually another seminar. Professor Obama, as with Afghanistan, he is going to have a seminar.

I hope it lasts longer than the Afghanistan seminar. I hope it lasts six months or a year, because while it is happening, he won’t be adding on to any more mischief with more stimuli.

The best he can do is cancel the rest of the stimulus and return the money in a reduction of payroll tax, which would stimulate our economy and create jobs. Of course, that’s not going to happen.

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